Nolan Circle speed limit lowered to 25 mph


RIDGELAND — City officials lowered the speed limit on a street connecting Wheatley and School streets after residents have asked for measures to slow thru traffic.

At the regular Ridgeland Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting on June 15 Public Works Director Mike McCollum presented a petition from residents of Nolan Circle in favor of enacting traffic-calming measures on their street.

As a result of a traffic study, aldermen voted unanimously to lower the speed limit on the street from 30 mph to 25 mph. Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith said that 25 mph is the residential standard.

The ordinance changing the speed limit will take effect 30 days after its passage last week.

Nolan Circle is an L-shaped street that connects Wheatley and School streets. Smith said he estimates there are between 10 and 14 houses on the street.

Jimmy Whitehead, a Nolan Circle resident submitted the petition with the signatures of approximately a dozen neighbors. The petition asked that the city address “speeding, for the safety of our children.”

It was initially suggested that a speed hump be installed in front of 222 Nolan Circle as a “traffic calming” measure. Aldermen decided to table the request to see if lowering the speed limit made a difference. The speed hump was estimated to cost the city $2,200.

“We will wait and see what lowering the speed limit does,” Smith said. “If they really, really want a speed hump we will revisit the issue.”

McCollum said the speed study showed that 95% of the 174 vehicles observed had a speed of 19 mph or less.

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